Kate Muller wrote:Can you tell me more about root pits?
Yes, I understand the existing technology of pit storage for root crops. Something I am considering, if I can't get to building the cellar this upcoming growing season.
my family has stored food in this type of root-pit: potatoes, carrots, and beets.
ha ha. not out of order, just stacking functions and utilizing an existing technology to a new end.
It is me that is out of order by using a root-pit to store vegetables for seed production..
Miles Flansburg wrote:Joseph, can you make the point about crossing with queen anne's lace a little clearer for me? What happens to the carrots or the seeds in that situation? Thanks !
Roberto pokachinni wrote:do you, personally, also store veggies for consumption in this way, or are you just utilizing this technique for storing biennials for seed production? I'm wondering specifically of bok choy and chard. Do you store any fall crops of these for consumption, or is it just for seed? I've just never heard of these being stored for consumption in this way. It seems that what you said, you just use this method for seed production, but I just wanted to clarify. Sorry if this is redundant.
that helps to anchor the plant in the soil better and minimize the wind blowing the roots out of the ground.
Trellis the plants in some way to keep the wind from blowing them out of the ground.
Carrots are insect pollinated: The flowers are highly attractive to bees, wasps, ants, flies, beetles, etc. For photos of some of them from my garden last summer check out: https://permies.com/forums/posts/list/40/47686 Carrots are definitely worth growing for the sake of the feeding the bugs.
You can either pot up the plant, and bring it to your roothouse for the season, or you can dig the plant up whole with the roots, everything bare, and hang it in your roothouse. Either way, replant in the spring outdoors for seed.
What is a good way to get biennial seed from brassicas that don't have a typical storage organ (root, hypocotyl, etc.)?
Yes. In many places you find the common volunteer Queen Anne's Lace 'weed', this is the feral stray carrot seed that has gone multigenerationally back to it's wilder form.
Does anyone know if carrots will self-sow if you just leave the flowers in place and let them die off at their own pace? It seems to me that they would.
John Weiland wrote:What is a good way to get biennial seed from brassicas that don't have a typical storage organ (root, hypocotyl, etc.)? [...] So for seed production, can one just harvest the kale plant roots in late fall and root cellar them for the next year for bolting and seed production?
Wendy Fisher wrote:Does anyone know if carrots will self-sow if you just leave the flowers in place and let them die off at their own pace? It seems to me that they would.
I have a friend with a homestead between Terrace, and Hazelton B.C., where he grows a garden but also has a survival garden in the feral pasture next to it. In the survival garden are edible weeds and self seeding domestic plants, including Turnips, and J-Chokes, both foods that he does not particularly enjoy the flavor of but he has been propagating the area with minimal maintenance just in case he needs to have it.
My best volunteer crop though are the turnips. I grew a crop of turnip seed in 2010, and they have been self-seeding ever since. The roots are winter-hardy now, even when sitting on the surface of the soil.